I’m rather ashamed to admit that I haven’t been to the gym in over 2 weeks. Wtf? Bad Andrea.
The week of Christmas was spent running around doing errands each night, the week after Christmas we were driving all around southern Ontario visiting family, and since then I’ve just been in “holiday” mode, sleeping in and spending time with my husband. This is not a good way to be. Yes, it’s relaxing, but it’s not conducive to my physical health.
On one hand, though, I have been quite active at the house. We’ve been busting butt to get a lot of work done, so I haven’t been spending all my time just sitting on my arse. But still, this is the longest I’ve been without going to the gym since I joined last January.
One the topic of the gym, my 1 year gym-aversay is just about here, and a Boxing Week purchase (plus some things acquired from my mom and step dad) mean that I won’t be renewing my membership.
You see, this lovely thing is coming to live at my house this week:
Yup, we bought a squat rack.
I was browsing the flyers for the Boxing Day sales (Boxing Day, Dec 26th, is sort of like the Canadian equivalent of Black Friday) and saw an ad for a bench with a lat pull down attachment for pretty cheap. I mentioned this to my step-dad, who then said “You can have the one in the garage!” So the husband and I went to the fitness supply store nearby to see how much it would be for some of the other things I’d consider “essential” (like a barbell, a Swiss ball, a mat, that sort of thing) and lo and behold, the rack was on for $400 (down from $600).
As we could get the bench, lat pulldown attachment and a whole whack of plates for free, we could pretty well get ourselves set up with a pretty decent home gym for the same as it would cost for 1 year of gym membership just for me. And as iron and steel don’t expire after a year, it seemed like a good investment.
Now, we just have to get set up. I’m fairly certain that I have to give 2 months written notice to cancel my membership at the gym, so we have some time. The question for us now becomes where to set ourselves up. The rack will fit in the basement, but just, and working out in the basement makes overhead things that require standing (like a push press) next to impossible (unless you go, well, outside). The other alternative is to convert the second bedroom (we have 3) on the 2nd floor into a “gym”.
So the next little bit will have us in flux. My husband got me the original NROL for Christmas, so once we’re set up we’ll start one of the programs from that book together, but until then I guess that I’ll keep up with FBB. The more time goes by the less impressed I am with this program. Some of it’s fun and rewarding while I’m doing it, but I find it hard to keep myself motivated to stay on the program. As much as I hate to admit defeat, I doubt I’ll finish.
So, that’s me. I suck, but I still intend on doing this. I’ve even got good, clean meals planned for next week!!